Want players to be in best mental and physical state on tours: Virat Kohli on staying in bio-bubble

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Virat Kohli has spent over 2 months in the IPL 2020 bio-bubble and will enter another similar environment in Australia for the upcoming T20I, ODI and Test series later this month.

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Virat Kohli conceded that staying in bio-bubbles for a long period takes a toll on players' mental healthKohli has been in the IPL 2020 bio-bubble for over 2 months with his Royal Challengers Bangalore squadIndia's upcoming series in Australia later this month will also be played inside a bio-secure bubbles

Indian team captain Virat Kohli has urged cricket boards and the International Cricket Councl to take special care of the players' mental health when they tour abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

International cricket resumed in July with England hosting the West Indies, Pakistan and Australia with the teams arriving in the United Kingdom well before the start of their respective series for the mandatory self-isolation period before they could enter the bio-secure bubble.

As a result of the precautionary measures for Covid-19, the length of the tours have increased by a significant margin, which is why Kohli wants the boards to consider all this before deciding the length of the international tours as staying in the bubbles for long periods of time does take a toll on the players' mental and physical health.

Kohli has spent the last 2-and-a-half months in a bubble in the United Arab Emirates, leading Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) bid for their first Indian Premier League (IPL) title.

Immediately after the conclusion of IPL 2020, Kohli will enter another bio-bubble in Australia later this month, where India play a series of 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs before their 4-Test series in December.

“These things will have to be considered.

“Like, what length of the tournament or series one is going to play, and what impact it will have on players mentally, to stay in a similar environment for 80 days and not getting to do anything different,” Kohli told RCB TV ahead of their eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi later on Friday.

Kohli said he and his RCB team mates enjoyed the time together in the bubble but conceded that repetitiveness was an issue.

“These things have to be seriously thought about.

“At the end of the day, you want the players to be in the best state mentally and physically. Mentally it can be taxing if this continues for this long a period,” said Kohli, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Thursday inside the bubble.

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